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International conference “Theory of Eurasian Integration”

29.05.2018 @ 09:30 - 16:30 UTC+3

On May 29, 2014 the presidents of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia signed in Astana the Treaty on the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). President Nazarbayev, who hosted the distinguished guests, proposed to declare this day “The Day of Eurasian Integration”.

On May 29, 2018, the National Research University “Higher School of Economics” in Moscow will host the international research conference “Theory of Eurasian Integration”, which is dedicated to this significant day. The organizer of the event is the OECD – HSE Centre with support of the analytical media “Eurasian Studies”.

The conference is held as part of the research project “Analysis of the Prospective Directions for the Development of Eurasian Integration Taking into Account the Strategic Challenges of the Social and Economic Development of the Russian Federation and the Challenges of the Russian Chairmanship in the EAEU in 2018”, which is being carried out by the Higher School of Economics at the request and in the interest of the Government of the Russian Federation. The results of the scientific discussion will be provided to the Government of Russia in the form of analytical materials.

The processes of economic integration in Eurasia have been active since 2000, when the Eurasian Economic Community was established. Eight years ago (2010), the Customs Union was launched, three years ago (2015) – the Eurasian Economic Union. Already, a unified customs zone, a common labor market and a common pharmaceutical market have been created as well as a number of common general technical regulations have been adopted. Road maps are in place to create common electricity (2019), oil and gas (2025) and finance (2025) markets of the Union. The number of tasks and competences of the Eurasian supranational institutions – the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), the Eurasian Development Bank (EDB), the EAEU Court – are growing rapidly. Along with the deepening integration within the Eurasian Economic Union, there are plans to form a “Greater Eurasian Partnership” on the basis of the implementation of a wide network of free trade areas, international transport infrastructure projects and an “integration of integrations”. Already, the EAEU is one of the most integrated regional trade and economic blocs, second only to the European Union. Having taken over the chairmanship in the EAEU in 2018, the Russian Federation strives to include education, tourism and sports into the Eurasian integration agenda. More and more domestic and foreign researchers devote themselves to the study of the issues of Eurasian integration.

Against this backdrop, the organizers of the conference invite their fellow colleagues to take part in a vibrant discussion in order to find answers to the following questions:

  • Is it appropriate to talk about a “Theory of Eurasian integration” by analogy with the theory of European integration? Or is it too early for that?
  • What is the idea behind modern Eurasian integration?
  • Theory of Eurasian integration and the theory of European integration: essence, similarities and differences?
  • Are there different approaches / theoretical schools in the theory of Eurasian integration? What are they?
  • Is it possible to talk about the principles and values ​​of Eurasian integration, i.e. about “Eurasian values” (by analogy with the “European values” of the EU)? What are the values ​​of the EAEU? Is this a justified question?
  • Does the Eurasian Economic Union have its own “aquis communitaire”?
  • What are the differences between the EAEU and the concept of a “Greater Eurasian Partnernship” in the theory of Eurasian integration?


Russian Federation, Moscow, Myasnitskaya Street 20, National Research University “Higher School of Economics”.

About the rooms in which the conference will take place, we will inform the participants in addition.

Working languages

Russian and English.



09:30 –  09:50 – Registration of participants

10:00 – 12:00 – Panel session

  • Tatyana Meshkova, PhD in Political Sciences, Director of the OECD-HSE Center
  • Yulia Chalaya, PhD in Economics, Assistant to the Chairman of the Eurasian Economic Commission
  • Elena Alekseenkova, PhD in Political Science, RIAC Program Manager, Research Fellow at Centre for Global Problems Studies, MGIMO-University 
  • Marina Lapenko, PhD in History, Director, “Eurasia – Volga Region” Analytical Expert Club – First public presentation of the RIAC lecture materials “EAEU: a space of economic integration”
  • Q&A session

12:00 – 13:00 – Lunch break

13:00 – 14:00 – Round table discussion. Part I (in Russian)

  • Maxim Karlyuk, research fellow, Institute of Law and Development, Higher School of Economics – Skolkovo – “Does the Eurasian Economic Union have its own acquis communitaire?”
  • Kirill Entin, PhD in Law, research associate, CCEIS, Higher School of Economics, councilor of the Judge of the Court of the Eurasian Economic Union (Minsk) – “Does the Eurasian Economic Union have its own acquis communitaire?” (by Skype)
  • Radmila Kurbangulyova, Executive Director, LLC “TD Eurasia” – “Theory of Eurasian integration and the theory of European integration: essence, similarities and differences”
  • Elia Bescotti, research assistant, NGO “Experts of the European Union” (Brussels) – “Theory of European integration: some notes for the EAEU” (by Skype)
  • Open discussion
  • Yuri Kofner,  editor-in-chief, “Eurasian Studies” – First public presentation of the “Eurasian Studies” working paper “Eurasian Economic Union: Cultural and Historical Foundations of Eurasian Integration and Economic Benefits for the Member States”
  • Open discussion

14:00 – 14:30 – Coffee break

14:30 – 16:30 – Round table discussion. Part II (in English)

  • Anna Renard-Koktysh, program coordinator, East-West Institute in Russia
  • Jan Kalish, analyst, media “Eurasian Studies” – “The Eurasian Union needs a theory of reintegration”
  • Savva Bobylev, analyst, media “Eurasian Studies” – “Renaissance of Russia-Eurasia: a great idea behind a pragmatic integration”
  • Pavel Dyatlenko, PhD in Historical Sciences, associate professor, Department of History and Culturology, Kyrgyz-Russian (Slavonic) University (Bishkek) – “Peculiarities in the perception of Eurasian integration in the Kyrgyz Republic” (by Skype)
  • Alexei Toma, PhD in Political Sciences, deputy head, NGO “Eurasian Partnership” – “Peculiarities in the perception of Eurasian integration in the Republic of Belarus” (by Skype)
  • Open discussion

Contact information

Jurij Kofner, head, Eurasian sector, Centre for Complex European and International Studies, HSE; editor-in-chief, analytical media “Eurasian Studies”, kofner1@yandex.ru +7 926 342 89 80

Vladimir Tyutyuryukov, Associate Professor, Department of Financial Management in the Public Sector, HSE, vtiutiuriukov@hse.ru, +7 916 590 47 70

Sawa Bobylev, coordinator of the conference, analyst, media “Eurasian Studies”, bobylev.savva@mail.ru, +7 915 286 06 65


09:30 - 16:30


Higher School of Economics (Myasnitskaya 20)
Myasnitskaya Street 20
Moscow, Russian Federation
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